I'm an LEA govenor of my local village primary and we had a meeting last night in one of the classrooms. Up on the whiteboard were numerous pieces of flip chart paper, headed up with different countries, eg France, Wales, Italy, England, America etc and underneath, lists of attractions/buildings/memorable things about each country. Every flip chart page had at least one spelling mistake/factual inaccuracy on it - eg under France, it had "Eifel Tower", and The Rhine river. Under Switzerland it had "Switz pen knife","cukoo clocks". England had "millennium dome/centre/stadium" on it.
The more i stared at it, the more i wondered whether it was a deliberate"spot the mistake" test, or whether the teacher concerned really couldn't spell or was lacking basic geog. knowledge. It has been bugging me all day - should i ask about it? I thought about asking one of the teacher governors, but i feel a bit of an obsessive doing so. The school is making excellent progress academically, gets over 90% in its SATS and i don't want to be seen as questioning the ability of the teachers unduly but what if it wasn't a deliberate mistake????What should I do( apart from drive myself mad thinking about it?)
Are you sure that the writing didn't belong to the children?
Often, teachers will put something like 'France' on the board and the children will take turns to brainstorm their ideas. We don't always correct spellings at this point as it can stop the flow of ideas.
If it was the teacher, maybe it was a game. If not - oh dear!!!
Or maybe, if they're say, Y6, she put it up containing lots of spelling and geographical mistakes and asked them to use reference books and atlases to correct her.
Is there no way you can casually ask one of the pupils? You could say you were in their classroom and saw some interesting work on the board. I'm sure they'll tell you all about it.
For future ref. though, teachers often make the odd sp mistake at the board and don't realise it until they step back and read it. (or a bright 7yr old points it out!)
thanks for your reply - don't know any of the pupils to approach like that. It was all done in the same "teacherish" handwriting, so am pretty sure it wasn't a child who did it. Am hoping it was a game/test. I think i'll get in touch with a teacher govenor and ask her, cos its really bugging me.